What Your Car Color Choice May Mean

First, we must admit, we’re no psychologists. Having said that, there have been many studies done on color and the meaning behind them. At Capitol Shine, we see a wide variety of different colored vehicles on a daily basis, and we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the meanings behind these colors.

Some colors are easier to detail/clean and maintain than others – dirt on a silver car may be less visible than on a blue one. For this week, instead of a blog on auto detailing, we thought it would be interesting to see why people choose the colors they do. As previously stated, we’re experts in auto detailing, not psychology, however, so the following information comes from other sources who have done studies on this very subject.

The following information was compiled from several sources including Colorpsychology.orgBankrate.comToday.com and Esurance.com. With so many choices of color, what do those actual colors represent? Let’s take a look:

  • WhiteOne of the most popular colors for vehicles is white. This can be a representation of elegance, confidence and keeping things orderly. The “orderly” part stems from the fact that white cars show dirt more and therefore might need to be washed more often. 
  • Silver: According to studies, silver may be a representation of technology and innovation as many devices (think laptops, smartphones) are also silver and may also represent practicality and responsibility. Silver is one of the top 3 most popular colors aside from white and black.
  • BlackThis color is popular in luxury cars. It can represent sophistication (like black-tie/black dress events), power and elegance. 
  • RedRed vehicles are said to be tied to high-energy, standing out, anxiousness and being outgoing. Red can also be seen as confident and fun. As one article states, “It’s hard not to notice a bright red car no matter what the make or model. 
  • BlueLooking to display an upbeat, positive and confident message? Then blue may be the color for you. Blue can also be seen as reliable and professional, which may be why so many companies use this color in their brands (American Express, Wal-Mart and of course Capitol Shine!). 
  • OrangeOrange is said to be tied to focusing on value-rich investments, going against the tide and being an “individual.” According to Bankrate.com, orange is one of the “least favorite colors of new car buyers in the U.S”, accounting for only 0.40% of vehicles. 
  • Brown/Beige: Many articles state that brown and beige vehicles represent drivers who are down-to-earth and grounded. One report also theorizes that this color has risen in popularity because “of its association with rich chocolate and coffee browns.”
  • YellowAccording to some studies, yellow is often associated with smiley faces, being happy, a “sunny disposition,” and a great sense of humor. It can be a bold choice which may explain why only 1%-2% of vehicles are painted yellow.
  • GreenLike brown and beige, green cars can represent being more grounded and balanced. It also can display “extreme confidence,” trustworthiness and a well-balanced life.

Do you agree with this list? Of course we know this is not definitive and there are many other variables that go into choosing a color. It’s interesting to note that these studies dive even deeper into colors and variations of those colors (such as light vs. dark blue). The above information is brief breakdown so we encourage you to visit the links above for more information. Like we said before, we’re no psychologists, but we can definitely say that with all of the new and recurring customers we see at Capitol Shine on a daily basis, regardless of color, one thing is clear – we know you love your cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. We’re honored that you trust us with providing the upmost care and detail when it comes to your ride.

You Can Change The Color of Your Vehicle With Minimal Effort – Paint Protection Film

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One of the newest protection products we offer is Paint Protection Film, what many also call clear bras. In addition to the protection film offers, many of our customers have chosen to wrap their vehicle in film is because of the variety of colors offered. Imagine changing your vehicle’s color while preserving the original paint underneath. The film can be removed at a later time and return the vehicle to its factory color.

Our films are extremely durable, can be removed and replaced, provide excellent rock chip protection and self healing effects. Xpel PFF is the industry’s first self healing paint protection film. Unlike other films, our paint protection films provide ultimate self-healing effects for a chip free bumper, scratch free hood, mirror caps, headlights, fog lamps and more.

Want to learn more? Please visit our paint protection site at ceramicpro-dc.com/paint-protection-film-clear-bra where you can find Q&As and request a free quote. We offer 3 main options:

Back to detailing, it doesn’t matter if your car is blue, red, white, black, silver, orange, green, purple or any other color, we can detail it! We can also restore your paint to look it’s best through our paint correction process.

Please visit our scheduling page to make an appointment. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.